Delaware's Watershed Implementation Plan

POLLUTION GOALS
in millions of pounds per year
Delaware
1985
2014
2016 Interim 2017 Milestone 2025 Goal
Nitrogen 5.27 4.05 4.03 3.77 3.39
Phosphorus 0.48 0.27 0.27 0.25 0.28
Sediment 121 85.52 80.39 78.61 99.79
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Collectively, the EPA's TMDL and the state Watershed Implementation Plans establish the Clean Water Blueprint for the Chesapeake.  

Delaware and the other six Bay jurisdictions agreed to create state-specific plans to implement 60 percent of their Bay cleanup practices by 2017 and 100 percent by 2025. These plans are called Watershed Implementation Plans or WIPs and will not only help restore the Bay, but will also significantly improve the health of local waterways. View Delaware's WIP

Two-year Milestones and progress reports are a critical tool to hold the states and the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) publicly accountable. The goal is for each jurisdiction to implement actions to achieve 60 percent of the needed pollution reductions by 2017 and 100 percent by 2025.

DELAWARE'S PROGRESS TOWARD 2017 GOALS

In June 2014, EPA evaluated Delaware's progress to date. Their findings are summarized here.
CSO stands for Combined Sewer Outflow

SOURCE  
NITROGEN
 
PHOSPHORUS
 
SEDIMENT
AGRICULTURE            
             
URBAN RUNOFF            
             
WASTEWATER & CSO            
             
SEPTIC      
N/A*
 
N/A*
             
ALL SOURCES            
                   
        On track for 2017 target
         
        Within 10% of being on track for 2017 target
         
        More than 10% off track for 2017 target
         
        *No contribution from this source sector
         
Source: www.epa.gov/reg3wapd/tmdl/ChesapeakeBay/RestorationUnderway.html
Chart based on data from the Chesapeake Bay Program's 2014 Reducing Pollution Indicator: www.chesapeakebay.net/indicators/indicator/reducing_nitrogen_pollution

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